Whoever has ears, let them hear.
I don’t like it, but the reality is, some people are just too shallow. I don’t mean in a nasty way, like they’ve got no decency or anything, but in the way that Jesus talks about shallowness.
There are many farmers at work, busy planting various seeds. Many people hear the message these farmers bring – the message of the Kingdom: God’s gracious salvation. Some of those people love the sound of what they hear…
“What, a free gift? Eternal life? Peace with God?”
They believe it with joy! Wonderful news… the Kingdom is growing.
But many people are too shallow. Below the loose soil on the surface that so easily accepts the little seed, lies a hard rocky ground that won’t let any roots penetrate.
What does it take for this little seedling to wilt in the sun? Not much it seems… a little hardship, a bit of teasing, a difficult decision, a spot of peer pressure, a dented reputation, a loss of face…
Devastating. All for lack of a little deeper soil.
Whereas the seed that falls on good soil, is the man who hears the word and understands it.
I’m trying to think what the application is here, other than hearing a warning. But even with just a warning, there’s not a lot you can do is there if you happen to be a particularly shallow person?
How do you get deeper, better soil? Do we just accept our lot in life? I don’t think so.
The good soil doesn’t only hear the word, but he understands it.
He understands that the Kingdom is a ‘now, but yet’ Kingdom. It’s arrived, but has not yet been fulfilled.
He understands that wherever God is at work, there will be those that oppose it.
He understands that God’s Kingdom is a spiritual one and not an earthly one; therefore it does not seem as powerful, influential, persuasive or even as glorious as many earthly kingdoms do. But however upside down things may be and however out-of-God’s-hands things may seem, King Jesus is on his throne, his kingdom is growing (no matter how inconspicuously) and there’s no better place to be than in a deep muddy pit, where the Word of God is planted and is thrusting down strong and firm roots.